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    Windows Resources

    Because Windows resources (System, User and GDI) have always been dependent on the OS version, not the machine's physical memory, I have always had a problem keeping as many applications running as I'd like. Does Windows XP handle resources differently or will I experience the same problems if I upgrade?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Windows Resources

    In XP, you can forget about the GDI, User, and System resource issues that plagued the Win9x platform. XP handles memory and system resources MUCH more efficiently than non-NT based operating systems. The caveat? You must feed it RAM.....the more, the better. Microsoft's minimum recommendations are a far cry from reality; I personally would not touch XP with less than 256MB RAM installed, 512 preferred.
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    Re: Windows Resources

    Thanks, Mark. I was hoping to hear that.

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    Re: Windows Resources

    Absolutely second that recommendation for 512MB RAM. I ran XP for a while on 256MB while I waited for a second, faulty 256 MB stick to be replaced and there was a big difference.
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    Re: Windows Resources

    I've found that even running several copies of Word simultaneously, plus PowerPoint plus Outlook Express plus Internet Explorer, the Commit Charge doesn't usually go much above 300 MB - so if you've got 512 MB (like wot I have) you should be fine, unless you have an application which uses virtual memory like there's no tomorrow...
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    Re: Windows Resources

    512MB has been working pretty well for me so far, but I wouldn't mind an extra 256MB for those odd hungry apps. Don't need it so much that I'm ready to lash out 45 quid for another stick of PC2700 right now, though.
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